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Put Me In Coach – I’m Already To Play….

This post is stories within stories, once upon a time, I was a kid in love with basketball and my Mom was attending the University of Arizona. My life has always been influenced by Wildcat basketball, watching games with my Dad on the weekend, feeling proud that my own Mom was apart of this powerful entity. She actually graduated along side Eugene Edgerson, he was earning his degree in Education, I even got to meet him during one of my Mom’s classes. I just remember a tall guy getting ready for class to start, he signed my U of A ball later on that day.

My college years were different from my Mother’s experience, yet there are a lot of parallels, of course the University of Arizona was the school where I did end up finishing at, I did not start there nor did I think I would finish there. I got a scholarship to Arizona State University and it was a free ride to adulthood, I did one year and went on a four year hiatus, later to continue as a wildcats in Tucson. I remember watching the games between ASU and UofA, thinking to myself Sean Miller brings a great team with him. Growing up watching UofA games, back then it was Lute Olson coaching and he took his team all the way. I remember that Championship game, the whole city of Tucson went nuts, this was like understanding the importance of hope for me. We got close during my college years to winning it all, I’ll always root for my team. Go Wildcats!

I have been coaching for about two years and looking back from the start, I was trying to building something meaningful, I just didn’t think coaching would come so fast. I mean once you build a team, that’s what they want to do, play. So our team has playing in a few leagues and tournaments over the last year. We have won and lost and I came to understand that there will always be great content to grow from when it comes to both a victory and a loss. I would even say losing is more enjoyable because you have more to evaluate after the game is over. Winning on the other hand left me with a blank feeling, like maybe over changed, especially when you have two groups of kids working hard and learning these concepts about the game at such a fast pace. Winning only means there is a hungry team wanting to challenge you for that self-assured glory the next day. Winning is important but equally beneficial as losing, growing from a game that didn’t go in your favor. Taking content from the difficult times and applying the lessons learned to your day to day journey.

There was a tournament a couple weekends back and we had a team playing around noon. I get there an hour early to meet up with players and assign jerseys. The other coach Jeff tells me to look across the other side of the gym, more specifically the ref, it’s Eugene.

Basketball is my Universe, the energy I give the game will be a renewed source of power to apply to the future. Learn from the source, life.

The weekend was here and then it tip toes away into the Sunday night. Every second counts, and it always seems to be never enough, time away from that other part of your life, being put on hold until the calendar says Monday. I have been on this pattern for about four years and truly believe it has helped me appreciate how I use my time. The moments when I’m not clocking in, I’m operating on a self employed schedule and life is boss, and there has to be something to reflect on during our business hour breaks. It grow so beautifully though when you make the most out of those two days, so much that your talking about those moments for the rest of your life. It’s how you operate in the world and how those rich times impacted the current state you are in now.